Saturday, February 28, 2009

Under the Weather

Marty here. Patricia had to pick up Molly from college on Thursday because she was so sick. She took her to Urgent Care yesterday. Molly has bronchitis. Today she's starting to feel a little better. Meanwhile, Patricia started getting sick last night. Today I had to take her to Urgent Care. She has laryngitis and bronchitis. The doctor gave her an antibiotic and told her to bed rest for three days. Hah! It'll be hard keeping her down. So far she's been good about staying in bed, but only because she feels so miserable. I'm hoping that I won't be next.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Morning

It was quiet along the Cape Cod Canal this morning. The tide in Buzzard’s Bay differs from that in Cape Cod Bay, so there is usually a strong current one way or the other in the canal. An odd site was watching 9 or 10 gulls and ducks sitting still in the water, letting the current carry them down the canal – almost like they were surfing...... The canal has traffic lights much like regular street lights. Not sure if there are many ships running red lights though.





Thursday, February 26, 2009

Almost Spring

Today was a tease of a day. It was sunny with temps in the low 40’s, but the cold breeze was a reminder that it’s still winter. The beaches are still pretty quiet..



Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mall Walking



We said we’d never do it. We made jokes about the idea. But we love to briskly walk for exercise and we weren’t able to keep a consistent walking regimen because of the weather. It’s been very rainy and icy this winter. So….the day after Christmas we started….. mall walking. We go almost daily and it’s really much better than expected. No ice and puddles to deal with, no barking dogs, no traffic, no icy penetrating winds. The “regulars” are getting used to us now. When we first started we sensed some annoyance with the brisk pace that we walked, but they’ve gotten used to us, and even crack jokes about it. It’s a great way to start the day. Once the weather is better we’ll start taking walks to the harbor and beach again, but for now this is a nice alternative, certainly much more enjoyable than working out on a treadmill.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Recycle Those Pantyhose

With pantyhose popping up everywhere on the runways for fall 2009 fashion, you’re going to have to deal with what to do with all the used nylons that you’re going to go through. Well, Treehugger has some good ideas. Here's the link:

10 Ways To Recycle Your Pantyhose

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, the Sabbath(?)



Prep Work





The Cleanup Crew





Soda Bread for my Father





Prep for the Dinner Pot Roast





Blueberry Muffin Tops for Marty




Laundry

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscar Night

Nice piece by Ty Burr in the Boston Globe today. I especially found the historical background very interesting. Here's the link:
WHAT DO THE OSCARS MEAN?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday

Marty here. Today was one of those Saturdays that got away from us quickly. Patricia was off early to Nirvana for tea, then up to Plymouth to meet up with her friend Gail. They spent the day roaming about, including having lunch and a Tarot reading. I did a photo-shoot with Lydia in the morning, part of our never-ending quest for better pictures. Some manufacturers provide great photos; others not so great; and still others, no photos at all. Anyway, after the shoot I took Joe for a walk downtown. It was sunny but cool and breezy out. Joe was an unusually good dog today. Usually he’s always trying to get in the picture during photo-shoots; today he just found a sunny spot in the living room and hung out. Not much else happening today. Patricia and I will probably watch another movie tonight.
Here's a picture of Lydia modeling some Berkshire Fishnet Pantyhose:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Screen Couples: Chemistry, Magic and Class

I've been thinking a lot about famous screen couples lately. There really aren't any nowadays that have the magic of those from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Marty thinks perhaps it is because back then actors were under contract with particular studios and worked consistently together, accounting for the repeated casting in films together. Yes, Meg Ryan was good with Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. But it would be interesting to see if any contemporary screen couple could continue the magic and chemistry in movie after movie. At any rate, the standouts for me are Myrna Loy and William Powell.

The two of them are amazing in movie after movie together, from the Thin Man Series to Manhattan Melodrama, their first screen pairing. But the class acts even continue in other dramas and the hilarious comedies, Double Wedding, I Love You Again and Love Crazy. They are my absolute favorites and have had more of an impact on me than any other screen couples I've watched, including Bogey and Bacall, and Tracey and Hepburn. (Maybe not Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn though. But their screen cachet was different.)

Loy and Powell had class, style, humor, chemistry and magic and were good friends off the screen. They are understated and underrated now, and I love them dearly, so to speak. So real, so fine. Alias Nick and Nora is a fabulous documentary about them that merely made me admire them all the more. They are two screen legends I never want to forget.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wonderbra Full of Wonder T-Shirt Bra



We have a new bra from Wonderbra, the "Full of Wonder Maximizer Gel T-Shirt Bra. It features tulle trim along the cups and straps. A matching thong is also available. It comes in sizes 34A through 38C. Colors available are Midnight, Nude and Secret Garden, which is shown here. Sorry for the fuzzy picture. We'll get a better one soon.
Here's the link:
WONDERBRA FULL OF WONDER MAXIMIZER T-SHIRT BRA

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Newport

Over the weekend we spent a lot of time in Newport. Newport’s shopping district just goes on and on. We’re not the shopping types, but for those who are, you could spend days and days exploring all the retail establishments. There’s also the naval base, the waterfront with beaches, and of course the mansions. We didn’t do much shopping but it was nice just walking the streets. We especially like side streets and back alleys. You can get a true sense of a community by exploring beyond the facades.




Monday, February 16, 2009

Getaway

We took a little time off over the weekend and did an overnight in Westport. The intent was not only because of St. Valentine’s Day, but also because of our need for a break. There is nothing positive to say about the economy beyond our hope for the future, but these dire times have brought about some good package deals on hotels and dining. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Westport. Part of the package was a gift card to Bittersweet Farm Restaurant. It was an enjoyable St. Valentine’s dinner. Earlier in the day we went to the Providence Wintertime Farmers’ Market, which is actually over the town line in Pawtucket. We were surprised at the size and even more surprised at the turnout. It was packed. There was so much there –fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, shellfish, eggs, breads, coffees, teas, ointments, cooking demonstrations and more. If you’re in the area, it runs every Saturday, 11-2 through April. Here are a few snapshots…







Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

Just another Friday here on Cape Cod. The weather has been nice all week, although it's getting cooler again. Friday is usually errand day, so we had a pretty routine and mundane day - daily walk, banking, off to the dump, up to Sandwich for water at the artesian well, over to Barnstable village for tea/coffee at Nirvana, down to the Centerville Library for books/DVD's and finally to the post office to mail off orders. After that it's updating the site followed by filling orders, with dinner fit in someplace. Speaking of the site update, there are no additions today, as we've been cleaning up the site a bit in terms of code, typos, pictures and such. Have a nice weekend.....

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rago Longline Bras



For those familiar with Rago, the first thing you think of when you hear the name is shapewear. They are not noted for their bras, but they manufacture two very fine ones, the 2202 Longline Bra, and the 2201 3/4 Longline Bra. Both bras are from their Lacette line, which means that they coordinate with a wide range of shapewear products from briefs to long leg girdles. This makes for a nice alternative to a body briefer, especially if you have problems with getting the right fit in a briefer. These are softcup bras, yet they are very supportive. We've had a lot of positive feedback on the 2201 3/4 Bra. It's ideal for short-waisted women looking for longline support. The only drawback is that it only comes in white (most of the Lacette shapewear line comes in black, white or beige). The 2202 comes in black or white. The 2201's and 2202's are back hook bras and they have metal (not plastic) strap hardware. Sizes range from 34B to 48DD. As you might suspect from the name Lacette, these are quality lace bras, and being from Rago, they're manufactured in the USA. You can check them out here:
RAGO 2202 LONGLINE BRA
RAGO 2201 3/4 LONGLINE BRA

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday

Today started out so gray, but the sun finally came out and it's turned into a beautiful day - the nicest so far this year, with temps in the 50's. We took a walk downtown (Hyannis)for the first time in weeks. It was nice to get outside walking again.
Watched "Murder by Death" the other night. Very disappointing. After watching all the "Thin Man" series, it paled by comparison. The movie is full of some great actors and actresses such as Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Peter Falk and others, and while their individual performances were fine, the script/plot itself was sorely lacking. The best part of the movie was that it only lasted about 90 minutes.

Friday, February 6, 2009

February

Now that football season is over, we are in full movie catch-up mode. We will probably never catch up because we love so many old films and have been on a William Powell/Myrna Loy/Thin Man kick in particular.

Last night we watched a French movie for a change, but today we're back to the oldies -- Cheaper by the Dozen (the original with Loy); Wife Versus Secretary (Clark Gable and Myrna Loy), Mister Blanding's Builds His Dream House (Cary Grant and Myrna), and then a whole collection of Powell/Loy movies (not the Thin Man series, we've already watched all six of those).
From back when the whole family could watch a movie without worrying about gratuitous sex, nudity, violence and swearing. I'm starting to sound like my parents. But, sheesh -- if it fits with the story -- great! However, many times it doesn't.

But first it's a Friday night supper reminiscent of my childhood (fish sticks and fries -- yum, good ol' Trader Joe's), and then off to an art show reception featuring a Brooklyn artist I've been following lately -- love her work!